video of Miami gathering at Arsht Performing Arts Center to celebrate USA's 44th Presidential inauguration
Happy that I could be at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami)
with 4000 + equally joyful, hopeful people watching the inaguration ceremony of our 44th President, Barack Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden.
Paula and I sharing a hug of hope, joy and new energy during the celebration of the inauguration of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States of America at Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center in Miami
President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama
from live telecast at Arsht Center in Miami during inauguration ceremony
Everyone was cheering, hugging and sharing this exciting time and energy!
Paula Lancaster and Debra Cortese cheering and sharing the energy of change!
It’s been just over a year since I first thought about curating a Miami/NY ‘peace’ art project. I have notes and emails where I contacted a gallery owner/artist/curator in NY about collaborating on this project. Assume she was overbooked or not interested at the time. Then a friend(?) commented, ‘It’s already been done.’, so I put it aside, but over the past several months it keeps coming back in an increasingly persistent voice, “So what if it’s already been done and there are already many peace organizations. Ours is definitely not a very peaceful or harmonious world and a peace project needs to be ongoing for as long as it takes – until the energy shifts, until we do live in a peaceful world.”
The original vision to involve all art mediums – visual, written, performance, film, video, came to me after a second reading of “Alice Walker’s piece on ‘The Pause”. This writing includes a reference to our imbalanced energies and reposes the question, “..when will the women say stop?” which relates to ‘John Perkins’ writing of the Shuar viewpoint on balance and the male/female relationship to each other and to MotherEarth.
However, in focusing on ‘stopping’ something that is undesirable, that would be giving energy to the negative aspects and therefore perpetuating the exact opposite of what is truly desired. (reference: Abraham-Hicks, Law of Attraction, The Secret, Power of Positive Thinking, etc.). SO… the focus must be on the desired and intended feeling/energy of PEACE for all humans, creatures, plants, the air, the trees, all of Nature. In sharing the positive ‘PEACE artworks’ of artists from all over our world, we focus our collective attention and creativity on the energy of the intended message – PEACE. When we are viewing, reading, hearing, seeing PEACE, then that is the energy we expand!Â The PEACE artworks emit and share magical, healing, transforming energy.
I now realize this project must be much bigger than my original vision. To collaborate with one or a few galleries and artists is not enough. This must be a worldwide project, involving as many organizations and individuals as have the interest and intent to share this energy!
So, here is my ‘CALL TO ARTISTS’, organizations, businesses, individuals, schools, to our world. Let’s renew and revive the positive energy of a peaceful planet. I’m asking for your ideas and your participation. As of this writing, the Peace project is just emerging from the thought phase, however, as Mike Dooley will surely confirm, Thoughts become Things.
Let this be the communication vehicle where we share our ideas and talents. The PEACE Project needs your ideas, your experience, organizational component, logistics, budgets, financing, exhibition venues – a worldwide plan…
I welcome your comments and promise to update the PEACE artworks project as it develops.